School Budget and BOE Vote is Tuesday, May 21st
The Valley Central community will vote on the budget for the 2019-20 school year and school board candidates on Tuesday, May 21st. The polling place is the gymnasium at VCHS and will be open to voters from 6 AM - 9 PM.
The first proposition on the ballot is the proposed budget is $106,822,000 which has a 1.05% tax levy increase that complies with the tax levy limit. The budget increase is 2.69%. The proposed 2019-2020 budget would preserve all existing programs, enhance curriculum in the area of STEAM and support services for students, improve the technological literacy of the Valley Central community, and expand our mental health focus to provide additional support in the area of social/emotional learning.
The second proposition on the ballot is to establish a Capital Reserve Fund with a limit of $10 million dollars over 10 years. This means the reserve could never exceed $10 million dollars and can exist for 10 years. A Capital Reserve Fund allows the district to set aside money for future construction projects and major purchases, much like a savings account. A vote yes only establishes the Capital Reserve Fund. The BOE would be able to put any surplus funds into the Reserve but to expend any money from the Reserve would require the approval of the district's voters.
There are six candidates running for three BOE seats that each have a 3 year term. Since one of the three seats was vacated in January and left open, the candidate with the most votes will be able to take the seat on May 22nd to fulfill the rest of the current term. The six candidates in ballot order are: Patrick Murphy, Deborah Hansen, Arthur Fitzgerald, Sarah Messing, Diana Revoir and Katie McKnight.
To view a video of the presentation: Video Presentation of the Budget
Here is the budget presentation from May 9: Budget Presentation May 9
For more presentations on the budget click on this link: Information on the 2019-20 Budget